After the holidays, you may find yourself facing the challenging reality that a beloved elderly family member or friend is experiencing cognitive or health decline.
Recognizing the signs can be a poignant moment, triggering a mix of emotions including concern, sadness, and perhaps even fear. What do we do for mom/dad/partner when remaining in their own home doesn’t seem like the safest option? As a caregiver or loved one, what is the next best step when the layers of extra support you’ve brought in simply aren’t enough anymore?
One option is the area’s newest senior community, The Gallery at Spokane on Spokane’s South Hill. The Gallery offers Memory Care in addition to Independent and Assisted Living apartments. Each of its 30 studio apartments offer a private bath and are beautifully and thoughtfully appointed with residents’ needs in mind.
“Family gatherings can be an eye-opening experience,” says Heather Bopp, a Family Advisor. “We help families navigate major decisions for their loved ones.” The staff is always glad to help families to walk through this big transition, and part of their process includes a tour to provide guidance to overwhelmed families, and share about the type of care provided, amenities, and much more. Chances are, you’ll be pleasantly surprised, because it’s nothing like what you’d expect.
The Gallery at Spokane has been built from the ground up to be a perfect residence for active seniors who cherish social connectivity, world-class amenities, and a staff of genuinely kindhearted caregivers.
Its parent company, Stellar Senior Living, created The Apollo program exclusively for residents living with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.
The program is named for the Greek God Apollo, recognized as the god of music, dance, truth, light, poetry, and healing. It prioritizes the 3 Es of Memory Care: education for team members and families, engaging activities for residents, and a comfortable, safe, and secure environment.
Memory Care Director Natalie Kostoff, who brings about a dozen years of managing memory care programs, said there’s a lot that makes The Gallery unique. “Beyond the beauty of the environment for my residents, I am excited to promote their abilities and focus on what brings each resident joy,” she said. “Our programs will keep residents busy with at least 10 activities per day. I encourage my staff to remain engaged and spontaneous at all times.”
Well-planned look and feel
Entering the Memory Care area is an unexpected visual delight – you’ll be met with a light and bright environment with resort-style decor. The beautifully appointed dining room and living spaces are flooded with natural light. Residents enjoy delicious and nutritious chef prepared meals and stay engaged with activities offered by their devoted Memory Care Life Enrichment team. A large and secured courtyard, complete with walking paths and a water feature offer ample space to get exercise and fresh air.
Executive Director Becky Monday shared that all these special touches are vital. “If we are to follow the ideology of Apollo’s attributes, health is centered around the environment of manageable choices,” she said. “Our job is to create and maintain an environment that allows for this at all times.”
About The Gallery
The Gallery is dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to all of its residents, including those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. With a commitment to foster open communication, provide professional guidance, and pro-actively address the practical aspects of care for its residents,
The Gallery has set the bar high for Memory Care in the region. The Gallery isn’t just a place to live; it’s a community where friendships flourish, laughter resonates, and connections are forged. Seniors here understand the value of true companionship, creating an environment where residents support and uplift one another. This is a place where memories are made, shared, and cherished.
“I believe we offer the perfect blend of comfort, care, and community. Your golden years deserve nothing less. The best thing you can do is see it for yourself,” adds Heather Bopp. “Seeing is believing.”
The Gallery at Spokane anticipates welcoming its first residents in January 2024.